• Location: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration: 11 hours (approx.)
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Go on a Hobbiton tour from Auckland and see the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, starting with a scenic drive through New Zealand’s North Island aboard a luxury coach. You’ll be enthralled by the illuminated Glowworm Grotto during an underground boat ride on the Waitomo River. Then pose for photos in front of hobbit holes at the Hobbiton Movie Set, home to Bilbo Baggins from ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogies. End your tour in Rotorua or return to Auckland; picnic lunch included.


  • Full-day tour from Auckland to two of New Zealand’s most magical sites
  • Take a boat ride to the glowworm grotto to see thousands of glowworms twinkling in the darkness
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Green Dragon Inn
  • Explore the Hobbiton Movie Set, where parts of The Lord of the Rings movies were filmed
  • Have you photo taken in front of a hobbit hole!

What You Can Expect

Waitomo Caves and 'The Lord of the Rings' Hobbiton Movie Set Day Trip from Auckland

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

After hotel pickup in Auckland, enjoy a morning snack on board the luxury coach during a scenic drive through the North Island’s rolling hills and lush farmland. Listen to your guide’s commentary as you travel through the Waikato and King Country regions, and learn of the colonial history between British settlers and the Maori in Rangariri.

Upon arrival in Waitomo, you’re taken to the noteworthy Waitomo Caves for a guided tour. Descend underground into the limestone caverns to view stunning stalactites formed over centuries. Drift along the Waitomo River during a short boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto, where a breathtaking display of tiny illuminated lights glow in the darkness. Discover the mystery behind the luminescence of thousands of glowworms before enjoying a provided picnic lunch.  

Your day trip continues across the Kaimai Ranges toward Rotorua and onward to Matamata, where you’ll visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, a working sheep farm and significant filming location for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings movie series, all of which were filmed throughout New Zealand. Discover how the site was transformed into JRR Tolkien’s The Shire — home of Bilbo Baggins and his fellow hobbits. Have your photo taken in front of a hobbit hole and see the pond, the Mill, the Green Dragon Inn and more. 

Your full-day tour ends in Rotorua or with a return to Auckland and drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Chris G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Great tour. Damian was the perfect guide for the trip!

Leslie United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

We took this tour in Oct. 2016. The Hobbiton movie set was so well maintained, you thought you would see Hobbits popping out from behind a door. This tour included a very good lunch of Hobbit type food plus the detour to Waitomo Caves was nice addition to see the glow worms.

Becky T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

This was an amazing first day of exploring in New Zealand. Our bus driver Damian ? was Amazing!! He was almost over-the-top with the information he provided about New Zealand, including the history of the country and maori culture, current politics and core national values, and even what flavor ice-cream is popular among locals. It was really useful information to gain while visiting NZ and pretty great to have on the start of our trip so we knew things as we traveled and saw things. And of course, Hobbiton and the Waitomo Caves were both beautiful and enjoyable to visit. My only recommendation to make this tour perfect is to extend the overall time by about 15-20 minutes to allow more time to enjoy the otherwise fantastic lunch in Hobbiton. The lunch was extremely rushed for the size and type of sit-down meal. Other than that, everything was great!

Davey E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Great tour and guide very informative.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Highly recommend this tour if you are ever in Auckland.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

A great experience!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Hobbiton and Waitomo were amazing. The bus driver and the local guides were super friendly and very informative. Even if your not into the movies, its still breath taking and the set is very detailed. You are bound to have fun no matter what. Waitomo was just magical. The boat ride was the highlight, its very short like 5 minutes but in those few minutes it renders you speechless. Its such a great experience and it really shows you how amazing nature is.

Jan S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018


Angela S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

I had a great experience, learned a lot about New Zealand now and then. Two thumbs up for our Driver and Guide Demian. :

Ren F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Loved it! Such a beautiful place that no words can do it justice. Guide was very nice and knowledgeable

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